Geography and nature
The Sverdlovsk Region is the largest Ural region comprised in the Urals Federal District. The Region covers the middle and northern parts of the Ural Mountains, and western margins of the West Siberian Plain. Its area is 194 307 sq. m; it extends 660 km from the North to the South, and 560 km from the West to the East.
Ekaterinburg is an administrative center of the Urals Federal District, a "capital" of the Sverdlovsk Region, one of the largest cities in Russia. The highest point is the Konzhakovskiy Rock Mountain (1,569 m). The Northernmost point is the Yanygkhachechakhl Mountain (1,023.8 m).

Main rivers: rivers of the Ob River basin (Iset River, Tavda River, Tura River) and the Kama River basin (Chusovaya River, Ufa River).

The largest lakes of the Region are Pelymsky Fog Lake, Vagilsky Fog Lake. The largest waterdividing lakes are Iset Lake and Tavatuy Lake. Chusovaya River is a left-bank tributary of Kama River and the most picturesque river of the middle Urals. Winding whimsically among cliffed coasts it brings its waters through spurs of the Ural Mountains. On its way the river cuts through several mountain ranges that form beautiful onshore cliff rocks with multiple caves and grottoes.

Mineral waters for balneotherapy, as well as for medical drinking and dining use are widely spread on the territory of the Sverdlovsk Region. Thus far 29 underground water deposits (sites) have been developed on the territory of the Sverdlovsk Region.
Flora: conifer and mixed forests; forest steppes in the extreme south-east area. Forests occupy 82.3% of the territory of the Sverdlovsk Region. In total, 35.2% of the mature forests is birches, 33.8% — pine-trees, 16.3% — firtrees, 15.5% — aspen, and 5.7% — cedar.

Fauna of the Sverdlovsk Region represents a typical forest com- plex with species of polyzonal areal types. 66 mammalian species, 228 bird species, 6 species of reptile, 9 species of amphibians, and 48 fish species have been registered on the territory of the Region.